A Time to Talk: Poems of Friendship

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School Library Journal
Gr 7-12-- This collection of 80 poems provides a companion piece to Livingston's I Like You, If You Like Me (McElderry, 1987), which is for a slightly younger audience. The selections include classic and well-known poems on friendship, such as Robert Frost's ``A Time to Talk'' and ``Poem'' by Langston Hughes. Many others will be new to most readers; some are by ancient poets not often found in anthologies for young adults. Livingston has selected poems that echo the feelings of most young people. Thus, selections from ancient China and lines from Medea and from Shakespeare still ring true. The pain of words said that cannot be taken back, the joys of games and laughter with a group, the sense of betrayal at friendships abandoned, and the grief at friends lost through death or parting are all reflected here. Libraries that have audiences for Paul Janeczko's collections will find readers for these challenging and rewarding poems. Teachers will find them useful when shared in connection with novels that feature friendships among adolescent characters. --Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
Hazel Rochman
Livingston is one of our best anthologists, perhaps because she brings her sensitivity and craft as a poet to her selection. Her theme this time is of intense concern to young people, and this collection will be in demand as much for personal reading as for the classroom. Classical and new, the poems from many times and places express how friends bring us joy and support; how they betray us and leave us; how we miss them when they're gone; and how we realize, sometimes too late, that we misunderstood them when they were close. Livingston's "I Like You, If You Like Me" was a friendship anthology for younger readers. Here she includes some quite difficult pieces by poets like Wordsworth, Shakespeare, and Dickinson as well as many easy rhymes. In "a total stranger one black day," e. e. cummings weaves the intimate connection between "friend" and "fiend". Langston Hughes' plain lines express all the sorrow of lost intimacy: "I loved my friend. / He went away from me. / There's nothing more to say."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689505584
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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